Friend

January 31, 2010

Genesis 18:33 (New International Version)
When the LORD had finished speaking with Abraham, he left, and Abraham returned home.

Exodus 33:11a (New International Version)
The LORD would speak to Moses face to face, as a man speaks with his friend.

O Lord, we are not worthy to be Your friends, but You are a God of mercy. We praise You and extol Your holy name. Amen.


New Jersey

January 31, 2010

The first people to live on the land now known as New Jersey were the Delaware Indians. Anywhere from 8,000 to 20,000 Delaware Indians lived in the area when the first Europeans arrived.
New Jersey was an important state during the Revolutionary War because of its location near the center of the thirteen colonies and between New York City and Philadelphia. Because of this, more battles were fought in New Jersey than in any other state. The Americans and British fought 100 battles, both large and small, here.

O Lord,
Our ancestors’ greed overtook the land of the Indians. They removed the landmarks of the land You had given these tribes for their inheritance. What curses spoken by the Native Americans, the immigrant Europeans, and the British soldiers defile the land? What spilt blood cries out from the soil?
We confess our sins of hatred, fear, greed, and vengeance; we confess the sins of our ancestors in removing their neighbors’ landmarks. We cry out to You to root up these hidden defilements and cleanse the land.
We declare New Jersey to be the Garden State both in the spiritual realm and the natural realm. Thy kingdom come and Thy will be done in the state of New Jersey as it is in heaven. Amen.
Deuteronomy 19:14, 27:17, Isaiah 24:5-6, Proverbs 22:28


Jeremiah 1:4-10

January 31, 2010

Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying: (Jeremiah 1:4)
      LORD, let your word come to us as well.

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.” (Jeremiah 1:5)
      Holy Spirit, give us ears and hearts to hear and receive your word through the prophets.

Then said I: “Ah, Lord GOD! Behold, I cannot speak, for I am a youth.” (Jeremiah 1:6)
      Jesus, please help all those who hear your word to speak it. Don’t let them be dismayed because of their youth or for any other condition.

But the LORD said to me: “Do not say, ‘I am a youth,’ for you shall go to all to whom I send you, and whatever I command you, you shall speak.” (Jeremiah 1:7)
      Speak, LORD, for your servant is listening.

“Do not be afraid of their faces, for I am with you to deliver you,” says the Lord.” (Jeremiah 1:8 )
      Father, you have not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

Then the LORD put forth his hand and touched my mouth, and the LORD said to me: “Behold, I have put my words in your mouth.” (Jeremiah 1:9)
      Jesus, put forth your hand and touch us as well.

“See, I have this day set you over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out and to pull down, to destroy and to throw down, to build and to plant.” (Jeremiah 1:10)
      LORD, set your word over this nation and over the Episcopal Church to root out and to pull down, to destroy and to throw down, to build and to plant.

Sunday: 8, 84; Genesis 18:16-33; Galatians 5:13-25; Mark 8:22-30
Monday: 64, 65; Genesis 19:1-17(18-23)24-29; Hebrews 11:1-12 John 6:27-40

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Please pray for continued healing for Fr. Nigel Mumford.

***** Date: Sat, 30 Jan 2010
From: Sister Mary Elizabeth, CSM
Subject: Welcome Home Initiative Intercessors Update — Saturday, January 30,
2010

To All Our Faithful Welcome Home Initiative Intercessors–

The Seventh Welcome Home Initiative came to a close last Wednesday with a well-filled chapel and applause for our latest WHI Warriors concluding their retreat. Fr. Nigel opened the Ceremony with prayer and gave the final blessing. Still on medical leave, his presence on the platform with Bishop Dave, Noel and Chaplain Olsen brought tears to many eyes, given his near-to-death condition at the time of the last WHI. We look forward to Fr. Nigel’s full return to ministry on future retreats.

The morning had begun with a Healing Prayer service which included the anointing of hands which had held weapons in battle and round-robin prayers for each man by all gathered around. An older veteran “sat in” for a younger combatant who had had to leave early for a medical appointment in Maryland, and all prayed for this courageous young man’s healing and blessing. When all had received prayer, we adjourned to the top of the hill and the service in Christ the King Chapel.

The homily was preached by Chaplain Eric Olsen of the New York State National Guard. He observed that the military today are masters of violence but are now able to pinpoint that violence with surgical precision. The soldier’s world is a black and white world. A good soldier must always remember that he is a child of God first and a soldier second. Without that perspective, reentry into the nuanced world of civilian life is impossible.

Chaplain Olsen recounted a firefight in Samarra, Iraq, he witnessed where a child was caught in cross fire. The family and neighbors of that child did nothing. Then one of his men ran out and swept the child to safety, risking his life. He asked the soldier later “Why did you do that?” and he replied, “I don’t know!” Chaplain Olsen believes that the American soldier responded in that way because he instinctively knew that he and that child were both children of God.

Today’s military is beset by suicide, violence and alcohol abuse. Chaplain Olsen suggested that for all the resiliency programs and “complete soldier packages” that the armed forces have come up with in answer, what the young Warriors need is simply to know who they are as children of God. “If you can’t see God’s hand at work in the world around you,” he said, “Trust in His heart.” That soldier in Samarra was God’s hands and reflected the goodness of God’s heart.

Once again I thank each of you for keeping the Welcome Home Initiative in prayer both in preparation for and through these three days. The next Welcome Home Initiatives will take place May 24-26 and November 8-9, 2010.

Sister Mary Elizabeth, CSM
For the Oratory of Christ the Healer at Christ the King Center in Greenwich, NY

Albany Intercessor


Fill us!

January 30, 2010

Galatians 2:20b (New International Version)
Christ lives in me.

Ephesians 5:18 (Amplified Bible)
And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery; but ever be filled and stimulated with the [Holy] Spirit.

Colossians 1:27 (New Living Translation)
For God wanted them to know that the riches and glory of Christ are for you Gentiles, too. And this is the secret: Christ lives in you. This gives you assurance of sharing his glory.


Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation

January 30, 2010

Father Tim Fountain reports the dire circumstances at the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation.

Oh, Lord,
We look at the long history of broken treaties, broken promises, and broken lives. Now there are broken power lines and water pipes. Is there no balm in Cheyenne River? Have mercy. Restore this “People of the Earth” to wholeness. Restore them to spiritual wholeness in Your Son and to physical wholeness in their homes. Relieve their distress, we pray. Amen.


Hebrews 10:34-36

January 30, 2010

for you had compassion on me in my chains, and joyfully accepted the plundering of your goods, knowing that you have a better and an enduring possession for yourselves in heaven. (Hebrews 10:34)
      Jesus, once again we offer you ourselves, our money, and our resources; show us how we can better support the apostolic ministry you have given Bishop Bill. Fill us with the hope of the resurrection.

Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward. (Hebrews 10:35)
      Holy Spirit, please help us cling to all that has enduring value in your sight.

For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise: (Hebrews 10:36)
      Father, please help us press on toward the goal for the prize of your upward call in Christ Jesus. Help us to lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has laid hold of us. Thank you.

Saturday: 138, 139:1-17(18-23); Genesis 18:1-16; Hebrews 10:26-39; John 6:16-27
Sunday: 8, 84; Genesis 18:16-33; Galatians 5:13-25; Mark 8:22-30

      Notes from the Front Line

***** Please pray for continued healing for Fr. Nigel Mumford.

***** Pray for those who attended the Welcome Home Initiative that God will continue to heal their wounds.

Albany Intercessor


Genetic healing, part 3

January 29, 2010

Written while on retreat. Some of the ideas for this prayer came from “Thy Kingdom Come Thy Will Be Done in Earth” by Jim and Faith Chosa. .

O Holy Spirit, come. Come now. Come with more power.
Show me my forgotten sins and convict me. I confess ______. I confess the sins of my ancestors, _________. Remove from me all of my sins and all historical and generational issues of iniquity. With Your living water, wash away the accumulated defilements of my body, soul, and spirit.
Anoint me, body, mind, and spirit with Your love. Lift the burdens off my shoulders. Penetrate and break the yoke off my neck. Penetrate and realign all abnormal chromosomal linkages.

Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts. I bless You Lord God, the God of Israel, who alone does wondrous things, and I bless Your glorious name forever. The whole earth is full of Your glory.

Christ be in my heart.
Christ be in my identity.
Christ be in my genome.
Christ! Christ! Christ!
Fill me with all the fullness of Your love. Amen.
Psalm 72:18-9, Isaiah 6:3, 10:27, Ephesians 3:14-19


His eye

January 29, 2010

Psalm 32:8 (Darby Translation)
I will instruct thee and teach thee the way in which thou shalt go; I will counsel [thee] with mine eye upon thee.

Abba Father,
Thank You for Your instructions. Amen.


Psalm 51:1-4

January 29, 2010

Have mercy upon me, O God, according to your lovingkindness; according to the multitude of your tender mercies, blot out my transgressions. (Psalm 51:1)
      LORD, have mercy on us; according to your lovingkindness and in the multitude of your tender mercies, blot out our transgressions. Lead us in this diocese in the way of holiness. Thank you.

Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. (Psalm 51:2)
      Jesus, let the cleansing fire of your Holy Spirit move through this diocese.

For I acknowledge my transgressions, and my sin is always before me. (Psalm 51:3)
      Holy Spirit, please help us make a good confession of our sins and receive you more and more into our hearts.

Against you, you only, have I sinned, and done this evil in your sight– that you may be found just when you speak, and blameless when you judge. (Psalm 51:4)
      Father, we return to you; we have sinned against heaven and before you and are no longer worthy to be called your children. In your mercy restore us to a right relationship with you. Father, you will not despise a broken and contrite heart. Thank you.

Friday: 51; Genesis 17:15-27; Hebrews 10:11-25; John 6:1-15
Saturday: 138, 139:1-17(18-23); Genesis 18:1-16; Hebrews 10:26-39; John 6:16-27

Albany Intercessor


New Jersey

January 29, 2010

This is part of a series of prayers for the states in the USA, one state per week.

Preamble:
We, the people of the State of New Jersey, grateful to Almighty God for the civil and religious liberty which He hath so long permitted us to enjoy, and looking to Him for a blessing upon our endeavors to secure and transmit the same unimpaired to succeeding generations, do ordain and establish this Constitution.

Article 1, Section 3:
No person shall be deprived of the inestimable privilege of worshipping Almighty God in a manner agreeable to the dictates of his own conscience;

Oh, Lord,
We cry out for the people of New Jersey. May they look to You in gratitude for their civil and religious liberty. Bless them as they endeavor to transmit these liberties unimpaired to succeeding generations. Amen.


Genetic healing, part 2

January 28, 2010

Written while on retreat. Some of the ideas for this prayer came from “Thy Kingdom Come Thy Will Be Done in Earth” by Jim and Faith Chosa. .

Jesus,
You are the root and offspring of David, the author and finisher of our faith. You are the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.
Your death swallows up our death. Your death swallows up deadly diseases.
You are the Alpha and the Omega of our chromosomes. You created them, and You redeemed them.
I rest my chromosomes on You: Your strength, Your righteousness, Your divine abilities. Through the mystery and power of Your Life-Blood, realign each chromosome in Your image, from beginning to end, first to last. Deliver me from genetic flaws, I pray. Amen.
2 Corinthians 1:9-10, Hebrews 12:2, Revelation 22:13,16


Psalm 60:1-4

January 28, 2010

O God, you have cast us off; you have broken us down; you have been displeased; oh, restore us again! (Psalm 60:1)
      Restore us, O LORD; help us return to you and your ways.

You have made the earth tremble; you have broken it; heal its breaches, for it is shaking. (Psalm 60:2)
      Holy Spirit, teach us to number our days and know how fragile life is, and return to you.

You have shown your people hard things; you have made us drink the wine of confusion. (Psalm 60:3)
      Father, bring us to sobriety of spirit and humility before you.

You have given a banner to those who fear you, that it may be displayed because of the truth. (Psalm 60:4)
      Jesus, you are the banner that we hold aloft; help us proclaim your mighty deeds and the salvation you offer. Deliver us from fear of openly proclaiming the gospel. Thank you.

      A word received: You are in my care.
      I AM with you; look to me for help that does not disappoint.

Thursday: [59, 60] or 118; Genesis 16:15-17:14; Hebrews 10:1-10; John 5:30-47
Friday: 51; Genesis 17:15-27; Hebrews 10:11-25; John 6:1-15

Albany Intercessor


Pennsylvania

January 28, 2010

Freedom of Religion
In 1682, the first Assembly adopted the Great Law, a humanitarian code that became the fundamental basis of Pennsylvania law and which guaranteed liberty of conscience.
Native Americans
Although William Penn was granted all the land in Pennsylvania by the King, he and his heirs chose not to grant or settle any part of it without first buying the claims of Indians who lived there.
African Americans
The Pennsylvania Gradual Abolition Act of 1780 was the first emancipation statute in the United States.

Dear Heavenly Father,
We thank You for the godly witness of the early leaders of Pennsylvania. What abundant showers of righteousness! We rejoice in You, O Lord our God.
Do not forget this state now. We cry out for the autumn rains of righteousness, as well as the spring rains.
Bring in a harvest of spiritual fruitfulness. Multiply it to overflowing, we pray. Amen.
Joel 2:23-24


Genetic healing, part 1

January 27, 2010

Written while on retreat. I’ve no personal experience in praying for genetic healing. The Spirit has brought it to my mind lately. Some of the ideas for this prayer came from “Thy Kingdom Come Thy Will Be Done in Earth” by Jim and Faith Chosa.
Note that the Greek word for born again is “gennao.”–JW

Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
I was created in Your image, billions of fragments of genetic information perfectly aligned and functioning, and it was very good. Yet, I and my ancestors sinned, and Your image that we carried was corrupted.
I wish to be born again. I proclaim my redemption through the Blood of Jesus. Pardon my sins, _________. Uproot the elements of the world that have been imparted to me over generations of time. Break the strongholds that have mutated my framework, both spiritual and biological. Through the double-edged Sword of the Spirit, crucify the world unto me and me unto the world. I renounce the philosophy, intellectualism, and the vain deceit of false religions and the occult, especially gnosticism.
I am Your adopted child, Your heir. I claim the Bloodline of Jesus Christ. He is the True Vine, and I am a branch. I am legally and literally linked to His Life.
I wish to be born again. Take away my corrupted genes. Cleanse me through the commandments of the Father and the words of Jesus. Cleanse me through Your love. Cleanse my genome to reflect Your image, I pray. Amen.
Genesis 1:27, 31; John 3:3, 15:1-11; Galatians 4:3-7, 6:14; Colossians 1:4, 2:8


Golden censer

January 27, 2010

Written while on retreat.

Grant us a spirit of confession, Lord, that our love may burn bright and our prayers burn sweet in Your sight.
Leviticus 16:12-13, Revelation 5:8